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All About Tea: History, Blending + Cooking With Tea

Stacey Wood and David Soule (left) owners of Whole Harmony Farm, with Andrew Terrance. Photo: Winter Caplanson, Connecticut Food & Farm, courtesy of Stacey Wood.
Winter Caplanson, Connecticut Food & Farm, courtesy of Stacey Wood
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Stacey Wood and David Soule (left) owners of Whole Harmony Farm, with Andrew Terrance. Photo: Winter Caplanson, Connecticut Food & Farm, courtesy of Stacey Wood.

Second only to water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. But for something we drink so much, we know surprisingly little about it. This week on Seasoned, we learn about tea from local experts. We talk to two tea importers in the state about what tea is, the characteristics of different types of teas, and how to savor the experience of drinking great tea. Plus, we talk to two herbal tea farmers about the benefits of herbal tea, as well as chefs who incorporate tea into their cooking.

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Zshekinah Collier and Joseph Vazquez contributed to this show. Robyn Doyon-Aitken and Catie Talarski produced this show.

Philip Parda – Co-owner of Savvy Tea Gourmet in Madison, Conn. Photo: Courtesy of Philip Parda
Courtesy of Philip Parda
Philip Parda – Co-owner of Savvy Tea Gourmet in Madison, Conn. Photo: Courtesy of Philip Parda

Guests:

Philip Parda – Co-owner of Savvy Tea Gourmet in Madison, Conn. (You can sign up for online tea tastings here).
Jim Harron Jr. – Co-owner of Simpson & Vail in Brookfield, Conn.
Stacey Wood and David Soule – Co-owners of Whole Harmony Farm in Higganum, Conn.
Tom Kaldy – Executive chef, The Charles in Old Wethersfield, Conn.
Cheryl Stair – Chef/owner of Art of Eating in Bridgehampton, NY.

Featured Recipe: Hibiscus-Rose Tea Vinaigrette

Robyn is the senior producer of Seasoned, a show celebrating food and farms. She’s filled in as a producer for several of our local shows, most notably, Where We Live. In 2021, she was part of the team that received first place in the Interview category from the Public Media Journalists Association for the episode “Who Owns History? Connecticut Woman Sues Harvard For Family Photos.” She produced The Faith Middleton Food Schmooze® from November 2015 until the broadcast ended. Before that, she ate her way through the previous seven years of Fine Cooking magazine while its web producer. Robyn is food-obsessed, loves to bake, and constantly thinks about people in the food world, both nationally and locally, who have compelling stories to tell about food.
Marysol Castro, co-host of Seasoned.
Chef Plum, co-host of Seasoned.